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The ADAA is a professional organization for dental assistants, celebrating its 99th year in 2023. The ADAA stands as the oldest and largest professional association devoted to the dental assisting profession, embodying a rich legacy of commitment to membership and education. Guided by the innovative leadership of President Lisa Childers Hernandez, the ADAA is embarking on a transformative journey of revitalization. Prioritizing the essential pillars of membership enrichment and advanced education, President Hernandez is dedicated to enhancing continuing education initiatives and nurturing a dynamic environment of collaboration and communication. Her vision illuminates a pathway to transform the ADAA into a flourishing, united community, reigniting the spirit of innovation and paving the way for a brilliant future in the dental assisting profession.
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We are approaching a time of celebration and giving. As I reflect on the past year, I am thankful for family, friends, and my profession. Dental Assisting has brought many joys, achievements, friendships, and pride in my chosen profession. I think about the new dental assistant just starting their career and remember the excitement I felt. I had guidance from my office and established friendships and mentors through ADAA. We are the mentors to the next generation of dental assistants.
October 30, 2023
How exciting it is to be a part of ADAA, Juliette Southard’s dream which was developed over 100 years ago, just celebrated its 99th annual session. I am honored and excited to embark on my term as ADAA President representing the oldest and largest professional association dedicated to the dental assisting profession. My goal is to focus on the foundational elements of this organization - membership and education. We have an opportunity to reimagine a healthier, stronger ADAA. It only takes a spark to get a fire going, but as you add more wood, you become a bonfire. That is what we are building today.